Blade Grinder Basics
A blade grinder is what comes to most people’s mind when they think of an electric coffee grinder. It functions much like a blender, with a metal blade that rotates at high speed, chopping the coffee beans into smaller pieces. The coffee stays in the compartment with the blade and continues to be ground as long as the blade is rotating. The length of time the machine runs will determine how coarse the grinds are. Longer grinding time will result in a finer consistancy.
Blade grinders are probably the most widely used type of coffee grinder. Coffee drinkers like them because they are inexpensive, easy to use and easy to clean. But blade grinders do have some shortcomings that every coffee drinker should be aware of. There is no way to get a really consistent size throughout the grounds. It may range from very fine to coarse within the same batch. This makes it difficult to get an even extraction, although some brewing methods are more forgiving than others. Consistency is determined by the amount of time the blade is spinning, which is not an exact process. And they can generate enough heat to affect the flavor and aroma of the coffee.
If you’re new to coffee grinding or have only ever used a blade grinder, see our Coffee Grinders page for more information and options.
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Secura Electric Coffee & Spice Grinder
2 Removable Stainless Steel Blade Bowls
The Secura grinder has a 200 watt motor that easily grinds coffee, and spices, as well as chops nuts and vegetables. Included are two detachable stainless steel bowls with different blades that give you the option of chopping or grinding. A simple twist of the upper container turns on the motor. The cord conveniently wraps into the base for tidy storage.
✓ Two steel bowls: Chop and Grind
✓ Smart Overheat Protection extends motor life
✓ Safety feature limits access to moving blade
✓ 1 Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
KitchenAid BGC111ER Blade Coffee Grinder
Eye-Catching Design + Steel Bowl
KitchenAid brings their quality and style to your coffee making experience with this handsome blade grinder. Shown in the classic Empire Red color, its also available in brushed steel and espresso finishes. Grinding could not be simpler. The stainless steel bowl holds up to 4 ounces of grounds, enough to make 12 cups of coffee, and is removable for convenient emptying of the coffee.
✓ Serves dual function as spice grinder
✓ Rapid grinding – results in 8-15 seconds
✓ 400 day warranty